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Dr. Melanie McNaughton

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Professor and Chair of Communication Studies
Maxwell Library 215R

BA, University of Calgary
MA, Pennsylvania State University
PhD, University of Georgia

Curious about how we create and communicate identity, Dr. Melanie McNaughton explores visual and popular culture. Her research concentrations combine communication and critical cultural studies approaches, exploring visual and popular culture with an emphasis on nontraditional identities. Dr. McNaughton has published essays on visual and popular culture, including design and domesticity, disaster photography, graphic design, and tattooing.

Dr. McNaughton’s research interests also connect to her classroom. Curiosity and dedication are powerful forces for change, and it is these passions through which she hopes to inspire and engage her students. Dr. McNaughton teaches research and writing courses in media studies, popular and visual culture, and cultural studies. As an instructor, Melanie McNaughton has developed extensive expertise in using technology to engage students in online environments. In 2017, Dr. McNaughton received a Presidential Award for Academic Excellence from Bridgewater State University, recognizing her innovative use of technology to enhance online learning environments.